In a bid to ensure that young girls do not fall prey to flesh trade rackets, the social service branch (SSB) of the Mumbai police has undertaken the initiative to directly interact with students warning them of the possible dangers.
Assistant commissioner of police Vasant Dhoble said, “So far, we have interacted with students in schools and colleges in Andheri,” he said. Dhoble was quick to add that no such racket has been detected in educational institutes so far.
Priti Patkar of the NGO Prerna told HT it is a good initiative by the police. “The age group of 16 onwards is a delicate age group. And the lure of the entertainment industry tricks young girls into taking the wrong path,” she adds.
In the past, the police said there have been cases, wherein young girls have been forced into the trade.
In May 2010, HT had reported how a 21-year old aspiring actress was rescued by police from Madh island.
Recently, in the last week of January, four girls between the age group of 19-23 were rescued by the police.
Similarly last month, the Pune police arrested a 22-year-old Tamil actress, who allegedly got into the trade because of financial compulsions.